Genre: YA, urban fantasy
Publication Date: 19 October 2010
Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy, Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.Source: Info in the About Crescendo was taken from the author's website at http://www.beccafitzpatrick.com/whitehotstory.html on 06/10/10.
The further Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim bloodline has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?
I struggled to read through the first three quarters of this book. But it did pick up towards the end. The end however is a cliffhanger. Then there's the stupid protagonist. It makes for an irritating read. Some authors can pull it off having a stupid hero/heroine who makes mistakes enough to make it real in a young protagonist without making it an irritating read. But this book didn't read like that. So for those of you who are more forgiving kind of reader than me, this might be a good read for you. But this book is not for me.
On the positive side, it did have unexpected twisty plots towards the end which was a pleasant surprise. And it looks like the author is an emotional person or else has a very good grasp of it and this shows through the pages and gives the story an emotional depth which connects with the reader, giving a more enriching reading experience.
Story telling quality = 2
Ending = 2
Cover art = 3
Story itself = 2
Plot = 4
Pace = 1
Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 cherries